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Acute bursitis from repetitive trauma

I have been diagnosed with bursitis in the arch on the top of my left foot. I am a professional freediver, training for more world records and the injury has been caused by a new fin, which fits very tightly on my feet, and through which a huge amount of pressure is transferred when I kick. I have also been out of training for almost a year, and so my feet are probably not used to the pressure they are under on repeated dives - I was filming and therefore in the water for longer periods than usual, making lots of dives. I have six weeks before a BIG competition, a lot is riding on it. I need to train. I've already had three weeks off without the fin, but wearing it again today for the first time again, the pain was as if I'd had it on yesterday. I am unable to put any force into kicking. It is an unbearable pain. I live in Egypt and don't have access to homoeopathic remedies, but a friend is coming from Europe, flying on 24th Feb 09 and can bring me what I need. Please can someone help me with a remedy both for immediate recovery and perhaps managing it through training and competition. My doctor has advised me to use padding around the inflamed area to relieve the direct pressure, in order to allow me to train. The pain is so intense I'm not sure it will work... Help URGENTLY needed if I'm to set any new world records. Thanks!!!!
  littlefreediver on 2009-02-19
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.

YOu can first use arnica 200c in wet dose (for wet dose please refer to my earlier posts by going to my profile or search on these forums) for a few days. From there if needed some other remedy can be applied as a follow up. Apply ice-packs if you feel comfortable.

And can you tell---

how is the pain impacted by cold or heat?

Movement and rest?

Some likely remedies that you may have to get additionally are: Rhus tox, Ruta etc.
maheeru last decade
Dear Maheeru

Thank you for your reply. I have looked into wet does of arnica but am unsure exactly what I need and how I go about preparing it:

- arnica 200c globules?
- some kind of arnica solution?
- spring water?
- in what proportions do I need to mix this?
- do I take it orally or apply it topically?
- I have rhus tox and ruta, both 30c - is this high enough?

In terms of your questions, I don't notice any change with heat or cold, and feel no pain at all apart from when I put my fin on, or wear my trainers really tight. I am trying to ice it twice a day (but often forget) and apply a Vicks-like ointment and a local bedouin oil which they use for rheumatic complaints.

I trained today with a home-made protection pad made from silicone earplugs and pressure foam for bunions and it worked very well - no pain at least. But I would like to treat the cause and not just continue diving on it the way it is.

Many thanks for your help,
littlefreediver last decade
Sara, You can prepare wet dose this way. (Dissolve 3 pills or drops of the medicine in a 500 ml mineral water bottle and 5 drops from this solution will be constitute a dose. Just before every subsequent dose you need to shake the water bottle vigorously for 7 times.) This is for internal use.

For topical use, you may try traumeel cream on the painful site.

If you don't have 200c of those remedies 30c will do. But first report after taking arnica.

If you don't notice any impact with cold or heat or movement or rest, can you tell what's the sensation of pain?

Well if acute remedies don't help, you may require deep acting remedies based on your constitution to strike the root cause but it might take time.
maheeru last decade
HI Sara

How are you doing now?
maheeru last decade

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